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The greatest horror film of all! A long time ago in middle Europe, a decrepit, forbidding castle stood. Casting an ominous shadow over the townspeople who dare not look upon it, the unholy dwelling is home to one Count Orlok (Max Schreck), an undead night creature with a taste for human blood. Showcasing the extremely eerie Schreck, "Nosferatu" is the first screen adaptation of Bram Stoker's classic novel "Dracula," stylistically directed by the legendary F.W. Murnau. Now available in this gorgeous newly remastered and rescored by The Silent Orchestra. The film that inspired the film "Shadow of the Vampire."
the original Dracula even before Bela Legosi wore the face of the classic blood sucker. Max Schreck is absolutely terrifying in his character make-up. but what really got me about this film is the supporting cast, particularly Greta Schroder. such a beautiful actress! <3, but in all honesty, such a great film long forgotten by today's generation. well worth the money if you love old movies. but if you're expecting to actually hear the dialogue instead of having to read it on the screen, this might not be for you. YES, THIS IS A SILENT FILM BACK FROM THE GOLDEN AGE OF CINEMA. a true original and a true classic in every meaning of the word.
"Nosteratu" was an unauthorized adaption of Bram Stoker's novel "Dracula" made by a German film company in 1922. The company couldn't get the rights to the novel so they just changed a few things (like the charaters' names) and did it anyway. They were successfully sued by Bram Stoker's widow, and all copies of the film were ordered destroyed. Fortunately some still remained, and now can be enjoyed by everyone.
Okay so this may be a silent film, but boy was it scary; it was very very well made. Count Orlock is very scary, and the director did a great job at setting a very eerie mood. I don't like silent films, but I was curious about this one and checked it out from my local library. The next day, I knew I had to have it. Unfortunately I bought a different version which was heavily edited, had a crappy picture, the names of the charaters were change to fit the names of the charators in Bram Stoker's novel, and the music was totally different and crappy too. It cost me $20.00 and the video store wouldn't allow me to return it. Then I bought the good version from Amazon and it only cost me $7.00. You want the good version by Kino Video which is unedited, has a great picture, has the original charaters' names, and has two great musical scores in it. That's the one you want. It's by Kino Video.
In all, it was a great and scary movie which I highly recommend!
I first saw this one on public television many years ago and it's one that I've wanted for my video collection for some time. For students of horror film, it is a MUST SEE. A true classic! For fans of vampire/Dracula lore, you might be a little disappointed, but it is still the PIONEER of all vampire films. The director was sued for copyright by Bram Stoker's widow and most copies of the film were destroyed. Thankfully, enough survived intact so that we can view it today. The basic storyline from Stoker is intact, but there are a few changes that make this film worth viewing. For example, the time frame is set in the year 1838, rather than 1890 as in the Stoker novel. The Harkers live in Bremen Germany, rather than England. In this film, the vampire does not have any wives which could have been effective. The rats that accompanied Nosferatu played a larger part in this film than in others, including a bit of low comedy when a warehouse worker is bitten on the foot. A rotund Reinfield capers about in a cartoonish manner,leering and sneering but this makes him seem all the MORE demented. The obligatory ride to the castle is RAPID to say the least, almost a "Keystone Kop" pace which makes it unintentionally funny. One sequence was done in an almost "X-ray" effect which could have been used more often. But the most eerie effect is Nosferatu's appearance. Lean and bald, with a mishapen skull and a lurching walk. His hands look like claws and his rat-like ears, a hooked nose, hollow eyes and sunken cheeks make a real impact. When he rises from his coffin, he's as rigid as a board. Unfortunatly, Harker comes across as a scatterbrained oaf and is totally useless in protecting Nina (Yes they changed her name)from the vampire. One scene in the castle has Harker childishly pulling a sheet over his head to protect himself from the approaching vampire. I was also disappointed by the limited part played by Van Helsing, Lucy Westerna and Jack Seward. Still, this tape is well worth having.The edition I bought came from Republic Studios and it has a HORRIBLE SOUNDTRACK. I MUTE IT.
This is the film that got me interested in silent films and it's still one of my most favourites. No matter how often I watch it, I'm always struck by the effectiveness of the film: the characters, make-up, movements and some special effects which, compared to modern films may seem very primitive and crude, but when used at the right time, however, create the perfect effect. There is also the simple matter of how Max Schreck, who plays the vampire, walks or stands, and being very tall and thin, wearing a sinister black coat, it's enough to already give you the creeps! For novices to silent films I'd like to say that this film has much more depths that one might think, and you have to read the intertitles carefully to get the background or in-depth meanings that are intended. I got much more out of the film after the second and third viewing and paying attention to both the intertitles and other details, such as how Ellen was under Nosferatu's spell from a distance, and sensed when her husband was in mortal danger in Nosferatu's castle. There is also the interesting correlation between Nosferatu's presence and the Plague, and until science proved otherwise, people back then did believe that illnesses, especially a plague, were caused by evil, sinister beings. For anyone who likes a film they can get their teeth into (pardon the pun) even if not a vampire/horror fan, this is a good one! And as far as silent films go, definitely also in the "classics" department and a must-have in your collection.